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A potential developing program for nurse student leaders on knowledge, attitude toward tobacco, and smoke cessation counseling skills in community
Sanee A, Pantaewan P, & Boonrubpayap B.
This quasi-experimental research aimed to compare knowledge, attitude toward tobacco, and smoking cessation counseling skills of nurse student leaders, before and after a potential developing program. This study also examined satisfactions toward smoking cessation campaign among nurse student leaders and participants in community. Samples were 29 fourth year nursing students at the Royal Thai Army Nursing College and 90 participants in community. The Personal Characteristic Questionnaire, Tobacco Knowledge Questionnaire, Tobacco Attitude Questionnaire, and Open-ended Questions were used for data collection. Data analyses were performed by using percentage, mean, standard deviation, and paired t-test. Results revealed that after participating in the potential development program, nurse student leaders gained higher scores of knowledge and attitude toward tobacco than before their participation (p < 0.001). The satisfaction toward smoking cessation campaign of nurse student leaders and participants in community were at high and highest level. In conclusion, nurse students gained their knowledge and counseling skills on tobacco control in community from this potential developing program, which could enhance value of participatory learning. The study findings could guide nurse students and other health providers to develop other smoking control program for promoting quality of life and improving people healthy behavior.